Harding hopeful Fiery Combat can go well fresh
Esperance trainer Helen Harding will saddle up Fiery Combat in the Emyjor Services Handicap over 1200m at the KBRC tomorrow.
Harding is hopeful that the horse can continue his consistent form at the track after some promising performances at the start of the season.
The four year old, who is owned by Harding’s son Chris has been handicapped with the top weight of 60kg in the event.
“It’s a very big weight for a small horse to carry and there are a couple of smart types engaged”
“I am happy with him, he is no superstar but he is honest and I am sure he will improve on what he does Sunday”
Fiery Combat will be ridden by Ryan Hill who will be benefited from barrier one.
The galloper has previously shown early speed in his races suggesting he will be able to hold the fence and get an economic run.
The son of Shrew Rhythm is yet to win under 1400m however Harding did not want to knock him around with his first run back.
“I’d rather put him over 1200m after his time away and then we can step up”
Harding has He Said She Said and Chhaya engaged in the Goldfields Variety Handicap over 1400m.
Harding believes the task is ahead of her two runners with some nice types in the race including race favourite Slick Mover.
“Chhaya would have to be one of the most unluckiest horses that is racing in Kal at the moment”
“She always seems to find trouble in the run to the line, she hits the line strong and is normally in front a few strides after the line”
He Said She Said will continue to step up in distance with the four year old showing some promise over longer distances earlier in the year.
The final of Harding’s gallopers to race tomorrow is Bohemian Lass in the Sheffield’s Woodfire Pizza Handicap over 1760m.
Harding does not have high expectations going in to the race tomorrow with some handy types engaged.
“With Kalavedo, Confusing and Reverend John it looks a hard task for her”
Harding, who has a smaller team than previous years is facing numerous weeks ahead with no track to gallop her horses on.
“The club down here (in Esperance) is installing a new irrigation system which means the track is closed, and I am unsure as to how long it will be this way”
“For now I will have to keep my horses fit by their normal (offcourse) trackwork and by racing them”
Harding has had recent success with Pivarnick scoring consecutive wins at his past two starts.